Join Date: May 2001
Motorcycle: Whatever oldgixxer has in his garage...
Re: First Track Day at NJMP - Help Needed
What org did you ride with? I know TPM, Absolute, and Evolve have good beginner programs. In those programs, they will teach you the race line. Drawing it on a map isn't gonna help you, doing it will.
First off, and most importantly, do not try to go fast right away. Speed will come, don't try for it.
As I teach all students, the first thing you work on is line. No matter what, stay on the line. Let other, faster people go around you. The most important thing you can do is be predictable.
Once you have the line down, then work on body position. Your body position should be a race tuck, shifted to the inside of the corner in varying amounts depending on the lean angle and speed.
Work on just those two things for now. Once your line is good, and your BP is second nature, then work on speed.
Work the corners backwards.
Work on exit first. Get off the corner faster and faster each time.
Then work on mid-corner speed.
And finally work on corner entry. Brake later and later, first getting all the braking done while the bike is upright. Then, braking later and later until you are trailing it into the corner. The reason you work on this last is because most riders brake to control fear, not speed. That is the wrong thing to do. When you brake, you should brake so that at the apex of the corner your mid-corner speed is already set. You shouldn't need to roll on and off the throttle after braking to set your speed.
Be smooth and consistent.
Speed is the last thing to worry about.
Used to race, used to be fast, won a few championships.
"Anyone who believes that slow and steady wins the race has never been in a race" - Me
Rest in peace Dad... I love you, and I miss you. 05.18.43 - 10.11.10